The IESG Approved the Expansion of the AS Number Registry

Steven M. Bellovin smb at
Fri Dec 1 16:26:53 UTC 2006

On Fri, 01 Dec 2006 16:02:55 +0000 (GMT)
"Chris L. Morrow" <christopher.morrow at> wrote:

> On Fri, 1 Dec 2006, Andy Davidson wrote:
> >
> > RIPE will be accepting requests for 32-bit ASNs from 1/1/07,
> > according to an email to ncc-services two weeks ago.  It does not
> > feel too early to start to understand what we must do to as a
> > community to guarantee ubiquity of reachable networks.
> So, all of the current devices need to get upgraded before 'day one'
> of 32-bit ASN use... that'll be fun :) Why is RIPE passing out the
> 32-bit ASN's now? aren't there still plenty (+20k or so) 16-bit ASN's
> out there for assignment? (perhaps I'm missing something on the need
> to allocate the new asn's?)
Testing -- better to find out now what breaks, before we really need it.

		--Steve Bellovin,

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